Call for Government role to promote human rightsFriday 24 January 2014 21.54
Human Rights organisations have called on the Government to create an ambassadorial role to promote human rights domestically and internationally.
More than 20 groups issued an agreed policy statement on the ways in which Ireland can improve its rights record.
The Galway Platform is described as a common vision for human rights in Irish Foreign Policy.
Organisations including Amnesty International, the Council for Civil Liberties, the Congress of Trade Unions and the Irish Refugee Council agreed on the platform following a day of round-table talks.
Their conclusions are published in a document that the groups say could lead to the State significantly enhancing its capacity to promote human rights.
The seven-page paper calls on the Government to fully implement a number of conventions regarding the rights of persons with disabilities and others relating to domestic workers, women and children.
On the international stage, the platform suggests Ireland should devise specific plans to monitor and enhance human rights in selected countries where Irish Aid operates.
The 23 groups are also seeking the appointment of an Ambassador at Large for human rights and improved resources to help implement rights obligations.
The organisations came together at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway. Their document contains a total of 47 observations and proposals.